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Ben Urquhart

Now based in Sydney, Ben is a passionate traveller and photographer who lived and worked in Bangkok for nine months. Whilst exploring Sydney, and the rest of the world, he is always on the hunt for the best food, wine, street art, beaches, galleries and shops.

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Here’s why the Cook Islands is the world’s hottest new eco destination

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 May 2015

Dotted in the South Pacific, south of Hawaii and only six hours non-stop from Sydney, lies the small, beautiful archipelago of the Cook Islands. A group of only fifteen islands, all surrounded by topaz coloured water. At the heart of the nation is the main island, Rarotonga, home to the majority of the country’s 12,000 residents.

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Explore colourful modern art on a remote island in the Pacific

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 May 2015

When we think of modern art we think of the Tate Modern or the MOMA. But the tiny nation of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific is also offering itself to tourists as a budding modern art scene, but in a truly tropical environment… and the weather is definitely better here than in London or NY (we might argue the art is, too!).

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Ever cooked your lunch in an underground pit? This cultural trip expects you to!

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 April 2015

First we used the oven and BBQ for cooking, then the microwave. Now with the move to paleo we choose not to cook our food all! However, in the island of Aitutaki, an atoll in the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands, the best way to cook your food is in an underground oven.

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Aitutaki in The Cook Islands is home to the fifty shades of BLUE

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 April 2015

‘You are going to love Aitutaki’, said everyone. At Lost At E Minor, we love a challenge and we challenge you to find a bluer lagoon than that of Aitutaki nestled in the middle of the Cook Islands archipelago.

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Walk across an entire nation in one morning in the beautiful Cook Islands

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Tuesday 14 April 2015

The island of Rarotonga is the capital and main island of the Cook Islands, found halfway between Sydney and Los Angeles, with only twelve thousand people calling it home.

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You can combine your daily yoga class with standup paddle boarding in the Cook Islands

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Monday 13 April 2015

Savasanah. Lying on an eight­-foot standup paddle board in the Cook Island’s Muri lagoon, hiding behind the four small mutus (Cook Island Maori for island), you are protected by the waves that make it over the reef.

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Stay at Hotel Hotel in Australia’s capital for some serious R&R

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Hotel Hotel is one of the many great reasons to visit Australia’s capital. And after spending lots of time between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra (with the help of Hotel Hotel) this hotel seems to be the coming-of-age destination for hipsters everywhere!

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Cool down this summer at the Crown Metropol with the only real rooftop pool in Melbourne

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 14 November 2014

Summer has almost hit in Melbourne and we have a tip for the best way to stay cool while BEING cool. Crown Metropol is the newest of Crown’s three hotels and, luckily enough for visitors, it is also home to Melbourne’s only sky-high day spa, Isika, situated all the way up on the 27th floor! Yep, that high.

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Architecture of new Remarkables ski base

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By Ben Urquhart in Architecture on Monday 21 July 2014

We recently visited the The Remarkables, a mountain range and skifield just out side of Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. The mountains were named by the Queenstown settlers, upon seeing it during sunset one evening and named them the Remarkables to describe the sight.

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Ski diving over Lake Wanaka

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 18 July 2014

Some say skydivers have a death wish; others call them adrenaline junkies. Lost At E Minor wouldn’t disagree on either count, having witnessed the action up close and personal.

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Skiing at Coronet Peak (Bra Fence)

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 18 July 2014

On a recent ski trip to New Zealand we came across a controversial tourist attraction in Central Otago, the Cardrona Bra Fence. It is believed that The Bra Fence began at some point between Christmas and New Year 1999, when four bras were attached to the wire fence alongside the road.

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Mountain views from spring-fed hot pools in Queenstown

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Monday 14 July 2014

Onsen, Queenstown’s only dedicated hot pool complex, is located at the bottom of Coronet Peak Ski Field – making it an epic place to relax after a long day skiing up the mountain! Guests can even have their own private spring-fed hot pool. The pools sit up high on the cliffs resulting in stunning views […]

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French wines and the Wooing Tree: a tour of New Zealand’s vineyards

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 July 2014

You say wine, we think France! Until New Zealand came along that is… Now you can get the very best of both with Funky French Cars. The company has been set up to allow visitors to explore the vineyards of the Central Otago region in a classic French car.

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Trekking in The Remarkables wearing shoes fashioned from old seal guts

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 July 2014

Several animals have evolved oversized feet, enabling them to move more quickly through deep snow. It is this quirk in evolution that has inspired indigenous people around the world to create ‘shoes’ that are much larger than their feet, allowing the wearer to travel over the snow without sinking.

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Pelicano: Peroni’s pop-up bar event in Sydney

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By Ben Urquhart in New Events on Wednesday 5 June 2013

The recent wrap of Sydney’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was an obvious reason to celebrate. Our friends at Peroni partnered with Double Bay-based Pelicano to open a pop-up bar in the middle of the city’s CBD for four days over the event and closed the event with a party on the Friday evening. It looked […]

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